World: Indochina's Crumbling Frontiers

THE exodus of Communist diplomats began suddenly. Early in the week nearly a dozen women and children from the Soviet embassy hurriedly left Cambodia. Some North Korean aid technicians soon followed. Later, a special transport plane flew into Phnom-Penh's Pochentong Airport from China, and when it left, it was filled with Chinese technicians and members of Peking's big diplomatic community. At week's end, North Viet Nam and the Viet Cong announced that they were closing their Cambodian embassies. "These are the first storm warnings," a Western diplomat said. "When they begin to leave,...

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